Learning how to cope with grief is a major part of the process. Here are some things you can try that may help you find the support you need to help you deal with your loss:
Turn to friends and family members – Draw loved ones close, rather than avoiding them, and accept the assistance that’s offered. Oftentimes, people want to help but don’t know how, so tell them what you need – whether it’s a shoulder to cry on or help with funeral arrangements.
Draw comfort from your faith – If you follow a religious tradition, embrace the comfort its mourning rituals can provide. Spiritual activities that are meaningful to you – such as praying, meditating, or going to church – can offer solace. If you’re questioning your faith in the wake of the loss, talk to a clergy member or others in your religious community.
Join a support group – Sharing your sorrow with others who have experienced similar losses can help.
Talk to a therapist or grief counselor – If your grief feels like too much to bear, call a mental health professional with experience in grief counseling. An experienced therapist can help you work through intense emotions and overcome obstacles to your grieving.
If you are experiencing grief and need to talk with someone to help you learn how to deal with your loss, call Emily at (215) 908-8135 in Philadephia or (856) 358-2107 in South Jersey.